Wendy’s Chili

Wendy’s Chili
I’m so glad you’re back again for Halloweek throwbacks!  Wendy’s Chili was posted November 10th, 2010 and so easy to make and have for a quick, healthy, warm, treat before heading out.  You’ll find more tasty suggestions, at the bottom of the post.
There’s absolutely no need to drive-through, or even work at Wendy’s to have a big bowl of hot, cheesy, Wendy’s Chili.
Wendy's Chili
Just for you, I’m sharing my favorite copycat recipe.  Try it along-side a little green salad to feel warm, full, and satisfied.  No matter the season, Wendy’s Chili is my favorite fast food!

Wendy’s Chili

Baby it’s cold outside.  Snow arrived Tuesday and it seems almost everyone is playing in it!
Then again, some of us are just trying to stay warm, right baby dove?

Wendy’s Chili

Wendy's Chili
So I make lots of it, quarts and quarts.  In fact I love to 4 times the recipe and cook it in my 22 quart roaster.  It cooks up perfectly for a crowd or it’s an ideal freezer meal.  I fill zip-top freezer bags, label and freezer for a heat and serve, busy day meal.
Begin by browning your ground beef in a6 quart dutch oven over medium heat; drain off the fat.  Crumble the beef in pea-size pieces.  Add all but the green onion, cheese and sour cream and simmer over low heat.
Cook stirring every 15 minutes for 2 to 3 hours.  You will have the most delicious smell in your home and the best chili to ladle out into big bowls for your family and friends!
Wendy's Chili
Now garnish it like this, with a little cheddar cheese, sour cream and cilantro…yum…and because I love ya, I want you to stay warm and full too…
Wendy's Chili
the best you can.  Hopefully my favorite warm chili will help!
Dove dancing in snow

Wendy's Chili
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Warm, low-carb, copycat, Wendy's Chili is my go to fast food favorite. It freezes well and can be made in quantity. It's perfect for crowds and parties too.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 servings
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (29 ounce) can kidney beans, with liquid
  • 1 (29 ounce) can pinto beans, with liquid
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 green chilies, diced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped (I add the leaves too)
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 (29 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
Garnish with:
  • chopped green onion
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  1. Brown the ground beef in a dutch oven over medium heat; drain off the fat.
  2. Crumble the beef in pea-size pieces.
  3. Add all but the garnishes and simmer over low heat.
  4. Cook stirring every 15 minutes for 2 to 3 hours.
  5. Top with green onion, shredded cheese and sour cream.
Wendy's Chili is a great freezer meal. I often make it in my 20 quart roaster and then freeze it in freezer zip-top bags for quick and easy meals.

Please know that this is a fairly mild chili that is not too spicy for kiddos.  For those that like it hot, I always have bottles of hot pepper sauce available.  What are your favorite ways to serve chili and what do you like to add to it?

Here’s a few more one-pot wonders perfect for Halloween night!

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Best Black Bean Soup

Pork Green Chili Verde

Creamy Italian Chili

Thanks for visiting and stay warm all!

Wendy's Chili

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    Snow!!! Great pics Gnee! Chili has to be a favorite around here, although I’ve haven’t tried it with sour cream… yet-keep warm:@)

  2. Robin

    Snow! you won’t believe this…I’ve got my itunes Christmas mix playing this morning and Baby it Cold Outside is playing at this very moment! Your photos of snow really made me giddy along w/ the song!

  3. Pam

    The snow pics with the doves are so pretty! I love freshly fallen snow. We have Indian Summer going on this week. Even though it is 7a.m., that chili looks so good! Trying this recipe this weekend, as it is supposed to cool off again. Yum!

  4. Erin@likegrandmas

    I just made chilli last week, but this looks like a really good recipe for the next batch. Can’t believe that snow!

  5. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry)

    Hi Gnee, I noticed that you mentioned snow on Lynn’s comments so I came over to see where you are from! Here in CT we are having a cold, dark very still November day and the birds have not yet come to the feeder. Your chili is very similar to mine, but I use corn instead of celery. Love it with sour cream topping. Linda

  6. Melanie

    I just made chili last Saturday but next time, this is the recipe I’ll use.

  7. T's Daily Treasures

    Gorgeous photos! I can’t even imagine snow. We are still in the 80’s here during the day. That’s cool for us. 🙂 I used to make chili all the time but stopped eating meat a year and a half ago. Now I make a vege version but my family isn’t sold on it so that just means more for me. Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday. Tammy

  8. Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama

    Oh, brrrrrrrrrrr! I can’t imagine having that much snow already…although those photos are just stunning!

    I love chili. I have a white chicken chili on the menu for this week, but I’m going to have to give this recipe a try very soon. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Red Couch Recipes

    No snow here yet, but it is cold enough! Gnee I have this recipe too and I love it and so does my husband, but me kids are not fans — can you BELIEVE it?? Love the addition of cilantro and sour cream — yum! Joni

  10. Bumblebee and Sophie

    This looks so yummy. We love chili in our house, Ill have to give this recipe a try!

  11. LDH

    Oh, wow… you have snow already!!! Your photos of the dove are so very sweet! Soft colors that evokes a gentle and serene feeling. Lovely.

  12. Jacqueline

    Not only does the chili look like it goes great with the snow but the warm chocolate chip cookies do too. I can’t even wait for them to cool. Is this the winning recipe? I think we will be baking some cookies.

    Love that first picture with the bird and the snow flying off the branch. We had flurries yesterday but just enough to say, “Look, it’s snowing?” Of course the Christmas music had to come on!

  13. La

    I just made a pot of chili this past weekend. Nothing warms you better.

  14. Debbie

    Seriously?? It’s just so hard for me to imagine such a beautiful snowfall, especially this time of year. Just your wonderful pictures alone make me want a bowl of chili too. (BTW,that bird ought to be your simple pleasure this week. Can it get any better than that?)

    Love it. Stay warm!

  15. Jennifurla

    I love the shots od birds, wish it would snow where I live.

  16. Carol at Serendipity

    Gorgeous photographs of the dove. Even though there is no snow down here, we will be making chili soon. It is a must for football games!


  17. Julie Harward

    Beautiful pictures here, I love the doves. I also love chile any time but especially when it’s cold..like today..we got dumped on..lots of snow! ;D

  18. Julie

    Beautiful pictures! No snow or even really cold weather here yet but I think it’s coming!

  19. Pondside

    I hope you’ve made enough for all of us! It looks very good – definitely the stuff to warm the insides.

  20. Kristen

    I make this exact recipe (it’s the copycat one from Todd Wilbur, right?). It gets nothing but praise from anyone who tastes it. (Maybe that’s why Wendy’s sells gallons of it!). I love your photos of the birds. I don’t envy you the snow, though our temperatures have been in the upper 20s and lower 30s every morning, we get up to the 60s in the day (you gotta love Arizona’s huge day/night temperature gaps!)

  21. Jamie

    Oh, it looks so delicious!! I’m craving chili now. Although I’m sure mine won’t look nearly at pretty. I’m a new follower from Fridays link party.

  22. Bernideen

    Love your photos and love chili! Great blog!

  23. ~SALLY~

    SNOW??? ALREADY??? Oh dear…haven’t gotten any here in NY yet. 🙂 It’s coming though!!

    I am a new follower from the blog hop. I was hoping you would stop by my review and giveaway blog and follow me sometime! Here is the link:


    I do have several blogs, but this one is where I am trying to boost my followers. Thanks so much and I look forward to reading your posts! 🙂

  24. Tracy Suzanne

    Hi Gnee. I just found you on Met Monday. I love your blog and I was just saying how much I liked Wendy’s chili today. Thanks so much for posting the recipe!!! I can’t wait to make it. I love you nature photographs! They are absolutely beautiful. So pretty I could almost cry.

    Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs….Tracy 🙂

    P.S. I’m your newest follower.

  25. bookaddict4real

    Wow it’s actually snowing somewhere! We dont get snow that often in this part of Texas but we do appreciate chili! Thanks for sharing this.(scrapaddict4sure.com)

  26. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy

    I love a good chili! My mom love’s Wendy’s, I’ll have to send her this one! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!


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